Saw Palmetto - Serenoa Repens

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This Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Saw palmetto - Serenoa repens in the Palmaceae or Palm family

Part used: Whole ripe fruit.

Taste/smell: Aromatic, sweet, soapy taste.

Tendencies: Drying, nutritious.

Dosage: Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:2.5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Saw palmetto is indicated for wasting of sexual organs, underdeveloped breasts and lack of sexual desire.

Use: (a) Diuretic, (b) Decongestant, (c) Anti-inflammatory, (d) Antispasmodic (123), (e) Male reproductive tract tonic, (f) Alterative.

Saw palmetto supports tissue nutrition of the urinary tract and has been widely used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  Saw palmetto acts on the primary signaling pathway by limiting dihydrotestosterone activity. It also decreases inflammation. It is indicated for atony of pelvic organs, urethritis, impotence and all wasting diseases of the male pelvic organs.

Saw palmetto is used for atony of pelvic organs, urethritis, impotence and all wasting diseases of the male pelvic organs. It is beneficial for undeveloped mammary glands, enuresis or incontinence in children and the elderly, interstitial cystitis, chronic bladder infections and respiratory conditions like head colds, sore throats and bronchitis. This herb may be useful in women with polycystic ovaries, Stein Levanthal disease, hirsuitism, ovarian cysts, anovulatory cycles and menstrual irregularities.

Contraindications: Saw palmetto is contraindicated in pregnancy.

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